Monday, June 15, 2009

Za'atar (Thyme & Sumac Seasoning)

Za'atar is the Arab name for wild thyme and an Arab spice mix.It is a mixture of thyme, oregano, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and salt.It is very popular in the cuisines of Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan where it is used as a flavoring in both cooked and raw dishes and as a dry dip for pita bread drizzled with olive oil.You can find it in most well-stocked Middle Eastern markets or you can make your own. But, the sumac may be a little hard to come by in a regular market, so I always by mine ready made which comes directly imported from Syria.It cost me $3.99 for a 1lb. bag but if your intrested in making your own, here's the recipe for it.
Yeild:2 1/2 c
1/4 c sesame seeds
1 c dried oregano
5 oz dried thyme leaves
3 tbsp. ground sumac
2 1/2 tbsp. salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a spice or coffee grinderand grind until well combined and powderlike.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Will keep for 1 year.
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  1. Great to see sumac in your recipe. This is definitely an ingredient that is not used enough.

  2. Wonderful spice mix! Wish I could find sumac!

  3. Hi there,

    Thanks for posting this. I posted a mana'eesh recipe yesterday and have had 2 enquiries about how to make the za'atar yourself. Do you mind if I add a link to your recipe/blog?